Oktoberfest rolls into the Balllpark neighborhood this weekend -- the 45th annual incarnation of the event that got its start in Larimer Square. And this is far from the only Oktoberfest in the metro area; the gang's all beer this time of year. You can also celebrate fall at a chile festival, a bloc ... More >>
Despite what many Americans think, Cinco De Mayo is not Mexico's version of our Fourth of July. In fact, Mexico marks its independence starting September 15, followed by a full day of celebration tomorrow in honor of Grito de Dolores. But Mexican restaurants aren't the only spots rolling out special ... More >>
I have a lot of high-minded reasons for doing almost all my summer shopping at the Boulder Farmers' Market. I worry about climate change, soil erosion, bee die-off, genetically modified foods and the flood of pesticides contaminating soil, sea, air and our bodies. I know small farmers must be suppor ... More >>
Julia Joun had been doing volunteer publicity for the International Film Series, working closely with IFS director Pablo Kjolseth, for over a year when she realized that IFS was missing a major opportunity. "Boulder is such a vibrant food city," says Joun. "I wanted to create a sense of excitement a ... More >>
Josh Monopoli Black Cat 1964 13th Street, Boulder 303-444-5500 www.blackcatboulder.com Bramble & Hare 1970 13th Street, Boulder 303-444-9110 brambleandhare.com This is part one of my interview with Josh Monopoli, chef de cuisine of Black Cat and Bramble & Hare, Part two of our chat will run tomorr ... More >>
"Why not?" deadpans Eric Skokan when I ask him about opening Bramble & Hare, the new restaurant he'll unveil to the public on Monday, directly adjacent to Black Cat, the gospel of seasonality that Skokan introduced to Boulder in 2006 just off the Pearl Street Mall.
Celebrity chefs are winging into Colorado for this weekend's Aspen Food & Wine festival, and one lands in Denver today: Amanda Cohen, chef-owner of Dirt Candy, a renowned vegetarian restaurant in New York, will be at Linger tonight as part of the Celebrity Chef Tour, a moveable feast that crosses A ... More >>
Amanda Cohen, the chef-owner of Dirty Candy, a vegetarian restaurant in New York that's generated national accolades, will be in Denver Wednesday night as part of the Celebrity Chef Tour, a moveable feast that traverses to venues all over America to pay homage to the late James Beard, the "father of ... More >>
Next Wednesday night at Linger, local chefs Frank Bonanno (Mizuna, Luca d'Italia, Osteria Marco, Bones, Green Russell, Lou's Food Bar and Russell's Smokehouse), Eric Skokan (Black Cat Bistro and Bramble and Hare), Ann Cooper (the Renegade Lunch Lady), Daniel Asher, Samm Sherman and Justin Cucci (Roo ... More >>
For the past several months, farmer, forager and chef Eric Skokan, who owns Black Cat restaurant in Boulder and Black Cat Farm in Niwot, has been quietly working behind the scenes to unearth his second restaurant, Bramble & Hare, which will open soon at 1970 Thirteenth Street, directly next door to ... More >>
Kirsten BoyerEric Skokan's Black Cat Farm may have started as a backyard garden, but over the past few years, it's grown to a seventy-acre operation that provides a good deal of the food for his Boulder restaurant, Black Cat, throughout the year.
CrustTyler Baer's foray into the kitchen started during a year abroad in Germany. "Food is a very important thing for me and it always has been," he says. "My mom always made things from scratch and organic ingredients, so I was really used to having good food. But during college, I went abro ... More >>
Pizzeria BastaThe garden at Pizzeria Basta, early in the season.Kelly Whitaker, chef-owner of Boulder's Pizzeria Basta, spent every summer of his childhood on a farm -- and he hated it. "My grandfather was a farmer, and I spent every single summer on his farm, but I hated vegetables, and my f ... More >>
Kirsten BoyerGardeners along the Front Range are harvesting the fruits of their labors -- and those gardeners include many local restaurateurs, who are supplying much of the produce for their own kitchens. Laura Shunk is currently profiling these chef/farmers, and her post on the Black Cat's ... More >>
Kirsten BoyerEric Skokan in his root cellar.Six years ago, while his Black Cat restaurant was under construction in Boulder, Eric Skokan and his wife, Jill, planted a garden in their back yard.
Kristine LefebvreLudo Lefebvre Four months ago, in April, French-born, Los Angeles-based chef Ludo Lefebvre took a road trip to eastern Colorado, where he shot, skinned and butchered a bison. To show his respect for the beast, he then dropped to his knees and took a bite of its heart, stil ... More >>
There's a lot of wine on this week's culinary calendar -- but you'll also find beer, tequila, pesto and cherry pie. Keep reading for a taste of what's ahead:
Lori MidsonIt had just gone 6 p.m., when light driblets of rain began to drop from the clouds, but the dozens of people with their noses to the window, peering in to catch a glimpse of the famous French chef, didn't seem to notice. Some, determined to be one of the first through the doors, h ... More >>
Early last month, the Sundance Channel unleashed news that it would begin airing a new series this summer with Burgundy-born Ludo Lefebvre, the classically trained French chef who resides (when he's not living out of a suitcase) in Los Angeles and travels across the sweeping American landscap ... More >>
Lori Midson Pleased to meat you!On Saturday, Il Mondo Vecchio's Mark DeNittis, Denver's high priest of salumi (and the newest member of FIVE), ushered a half dozen meat-heads into his laboratory, as part of a whole hog hoedown that exposed voyeurs to a 190-pound, Blue Butt beast that sacrifi ... More >>
Lori MidsonBrad Rowell, chef at Colt & Gray, resolves to eat twenty percent less pork fat per day and replace that with twenty percent more Schlitz Haven't made your New Year's resolutions yet? That makes two of us. But instead of focusing on ourselves, we prodded more than two dozen Denver/ ... More >>
This week Black Cat Restaurant, 1964 13th Street in Boulder, has been offering a James Beard Tasting Menu that lets you sample the dishes that chef/owner Eric Skokan will be cooking at the James Beard House on January 19. But hurry: The special menu ends after January 14. For reservations, ca ... More >>
Tomorrow's Rollin' Sushi workshop at the Seasoned Chef Cooking School is one of several culinary classes this week; other mouth-watering events include a tequila dinner at El Diablo and a beer-tasting fundraiser at the E Project. Here's a taste of what's to come:
Sustainably-farmed fish will be a big trend in 2011, say local chefsYesterday, several local chefs -- Michael Long (Aria and Opus); Eric Skokan (Black Cat); Brandon Biederman (Steuben's); Brad Rowell (Colt & Gray); and Troy Guard (TAG and TAG Raw Bar) -- dished on the culinary trends that wou ... More >>
Lori MidsonTAG executive chef/owner Troy Guard predicts that cheese will be the top food of 2011What does 2011 hold for the culinary world? We asked several local chefs to consult their crystal orbs, talk to the (whole) beast, bend their ears to the farmland and unearth a few trends that will ... More >>
Lori Midson"Believe it or not, it's been pretty calm today," said Frank Bonanno, standing in the kitchen of Osteria Marco, the turf for last night's Celebrity Chef Tour dinner, a gathering of five Denver chefs -- Bonanno, Alex Seidel (Fruition and Frution Farms), Eric Skokan (Black Cat and Bl ... More >>
Tonight Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer Street, will host the Celebrity Chef Tour, a benefit for the James Beard Foundation that features a dinner prepared by Michael Ginor from Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Denver heavyweight chefs Frank Bonanno, Matt Selby, Alex Seidel and Eric Skokan (read Eric ... More >>
This week -- through Saturday, November 20 -- Scorpios drink free at miniBAR, 222 Columbine Street (303-668-4064 or visit www.minibardenver.com), from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.; there will also be music, food and drink specials. You'll find many more deals and events taking place this week in our culi ... More >>
Lori Midson Behold the highlights and low lights of what you may have missed this week on the Cafe Society blog.
Lori MidsonEric Skokan Black Cat 1964 13th Street, Boulder 303-444-5500 www.blackcatboulder.com This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Eric Skokan, owner/chef of Black Cat in Boulder. Read the rest of Lori Midson's interview with Skokan. Favorite restaurant in America: Rincon Per ... More >>
Lori Midson Eric Skokan Black Cat 1964 13th Street, Boulder 303-444-5500 www.blackcatboulder.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Eric Skokan, exec chef/owner of Black Cat in Boulder. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. In the exhibition kitchen, th ... More >>
Lori MidsonTickets go on sale today for the Denver Celebrity Chef Tour, a star-studded squad of kitchen sorcerers, including Matt Selby (Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's); Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms); Eric Skokan (Black Cat, Boulder); and Michael Ginor, the co-founder and chef ... More >>
A Flickr photo.If this beer vs. wine thing is a new trend, we're not complaining. First there was a Beer vs. Wine dinner at TAG earlier this month, and now Upslope Brewing and BookCliff Vineyards will face off during a beer and wine dinner at BookCliff, 1468 Pearl Street in Boulder.
We're sure you're all aware that this weekend, the Taste of Colorado will be taking over Civic Center Park. But there's a lot more going on -- including the annual Creede Salsa Fiesta -- to whet your appetite. Here's a taste of what's ahead this week:
At 6:30 p.m. tonight, Black Cat Restaurant, 1964 13th Street in Boulder, presents In Our Own Backyard Wine Dinner, a multi-course collaboration between chef/farmer Eric Skokan and master sommelier Richard Betts. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $85; call 303-444-9110 or visit www.blackcatboul ... More >>
If you can't make the drive up to Telluride for the annual Mushroom Festival, don't fret -- there's always the Bootstraps Western Wine Fest in Evergreen or Lakewood's Chile Harvest Festival. Here's what else is on the menu for this week's culinary events:
Melo and Lala's fabulous wedding cake."Carmelo's favorite color is red, which was dominant in the decor and the cake. The inside was red velvet with cream cheese fillings, alternating with chocolate cake, chocolate cream, & dark chocolate ganache (Lala's favorite). We used gold to add luxury. ... More >>
This weekend, it's all about Mom. Take her to the Denver Public Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, from 10:30 a.m. to noon today, May 9, for a free tea-service demo. To make a reservation, go to www.denverlibrary.org. And before you take your mother to brunch on Sunday (check with your favorite ... More >>
Help the Colorado State Parks system today, April 22, by shopping at a local Sprouts Farmers Market.This is the final day of Sprouts's "Stand Up for State Parks!" program, during which the Colorado markets will match $1, $2 or $5 donations made to Colorado State Parks. For information, go to www.sp ... More >>
At 6 p.m. tonight, chef/owner Eric Skokan will offer a "Barrel Tasting Dinner" at Black Cat, 1964 13th Street in Boulder. The five-course dinner, with pairings from BookCliff Vineyards, is $55; to RSVP, call 303-444-5500.
Think local, eat local. Black Cat is celebrating this holiday month with "100 Mile" dinners, with four-course menus that will change nightly through December 30 -- but will always feature ingredients that chef Eric Skokan can find within a hundred-mile radius. And as Jason Sheehan discovered when h ... More >>
Eric Skokan should get out of the kitchen and check his bathrooms. What the f@&k is that smell? Okay, so I thought my review of Black Cat, chef Eric Skokan’s place in Boulder, turned out pretty well, with a nice story, some dick jokes, a pleasing arc -- going from disastrous to transcendent ... More >>
Eric Skokan back in control of his kitchen. “Have you ever dined with us before?” our server asked. She was penny-bright, scrubbed and polished in her house livery (black on black), standing with her hands folded in front of her and a spark in her eyes that bordered on fanaticism -- a glow of ... More >>
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